Christmas trees are a potential fire hazard; follow simple tips for safely having one in your home

By Susan McKelvey

Christmas trees are a festive emblem of the holiday season, but they also present a potential fire risk in the home.

Although Christmas tree fires aren’t particularly common, when they do occur, they are likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires. One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.

In addition, Christmas trees are flammable objects. The longer they remain in the home, the more dried out they become, making them increasingly hazardous.

Fortunately, the vast majority of Christmas tree fires are preventable with some simple safety precautions. The video above demonstrates easy ways to safely enjoy a Christmas tree in your home this holiday season.

You can also visit our “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” section, which offers a wealth of tips and recommendatinos for keeping fire-safe during this holiday season and all winter long.

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

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